Sporting Kansas City's reserves lost 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday morning, falling in a game in which they dominated in almost every facet.
The Dynamo scored on its only two shots to improve to 6-4-0 in the Reserve League. Kansas City falls to 3-4-2 with one more game to play. (Against Dallas, date to be announced.)
Here are a few bullet points from the game.
• Peter Vermes put together an interesting team that featured a mixture of role players (Birahim Diop, Korede Aiyegbusi), young players (Soony Saad, Kevin Ellis), displaced starters (Michael Harrington, Craig Rocastle), a sure-to-be short-timer (Shavar Thomas) and a designated payer (Jeferson). The rest of the starting lineup: Eric Kronberg, Lawrence Olum and Milos Stojcev.
• The bench, however, had just four guys sitting on it: Scott Lorenz, Jon Kempin and trialists Nicholas Gonzales and Edvin Worley. Only Lorenz and Gonzales saw the field.
• If someone had been keeping track of possession in the second half, it would've been Sporting 80%-Houston 20%. I don't think the Dynamo strung together three passes in the second half. KC kept the ball, but didn't do a whole lot with it.
• A guy like Jeferson should absolutely dominate reserve league play. At first, he seemed involved and active. He even was given time and space to operate. He managed to get off a few shots and string a couple of plays together. But that was about it. You have to expect more in that situation -- especially for a guy who just lost his starting spot and should be fighting like hell to earn it back. Sadly, I don't think that kind of fight is in him.
• The two best players for KC were Lawrence Olum (he had the two best scoring chances off corner kicks) and Scott Lorenz (who looked feisty as a forward). Kevin Ellis played mostly at right wing and didn't seem to have the confidence to do much when he had the ball.
• Shavar Thomas lives. I saw him in uniform today.
• Peterson Joseph was absent today. He apparently picked up a knee contusion while on national team duty with Haiti. He's not expected to play this weekend.
• Midfielder Luke Sassano is also out for this weekend. He was out at training, but didn't participate.
• Here are the highlights.